abase(redirected from abasing)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal.
tr.v. a·based, a·bas·ing, a·bas·es
To lower in rank, prestige, or esteem. See Synonyms at debase.
[Middle English abassen, from Old French abaissier : Latin ad-, ad- + Vulgar Latin *bassiāre, to lower (from *bassus, low, perhaps of Oscan origin; akin to Bassus, Bassius, Roman cognomens borne by men of Campanian origin and perhaps originally referring to squat stature).]
1. to humble or belittle (oneself, etc)
2. to lower or reduce, as in rank or estimation
[C15: abessen, from Old French abaissier to make low. See base2]
v.t. a•based, a•bas•ing.
to lower in rank, dignity, or estimation; humble; humiliate; degrade.
[1470–80; Middle English < Anglo-French abesser, abaisser, Old French abaissier=a- a-5 + -baissier < Vulgar Latin *bassiare, v. derivative of Late Latin bassus; see base2]
Past participle: abased
Switch to new thesaurus
|Verb||1.||abase - cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of; "He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss"|
spite, wound, bruise, injure, offend, hurt - hurt the feelings of; "She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests"; "This remark really bruised my ego"
demolish, smash, crush - humiliate or depress completely; "She was crushed by his refusal of her invitation"; "The death of her son smashed her"